Swanland U3A’s biennial Event Day was held on 2nd May, at Lazaat Hotel,Cottingham. It was attended by a capacity audience of 150 members, including 33 from neighbouring U3As – York, Leeds, Scunthorpe, Lincoln, South Cave and Cottingham.
The theme was “To the Manor Born” and studied the country house. The first presenter, David Winpenny, gave a potted history of country house visiting, from the eighteenth century up to today. The Hon Dame Susan Cunliffe-Lister then talked about Burton Agnes Hall, the home of her son, Simon, who inherited at the age of 12. She had been involved from the start, especially in the early days, and was also responsible for improving the now beautiful gardens. The house is open to the public on certain days.
Then there was a lunch break for an excellent buffet of hot food followed by a presentation by Caroline Hawley, auction house owner from Beverly and a regular on TV antiques programmes, such as Floggit. This covered big house furniture, including some of the more unusual pieces. All presentations were well illustrated. The appreciative audience now looks forward to the next event. June Clough
Settle Graveyard Project
Settle U3A Family History Group in conjunction with their parish church has attracted the attention of Historic England and others.
It may be a model that other U3As can follow.